Make sure you are registered to secure your vote in the upcoming local elections.
On Thursday, 2 May 2019, voters in England go to the polls to elect the borough's councillors who are responsible for making decisions on running services in their local areas. These include housing, education, transport, planning, parks, leisure, public safety, social care and waste collections.
'Please take action now if you're not already registered'
If you are not registered or if you have moved recently, please confirm your details online or by post before Friday, 12 April 2019.
Clare Poole, our elections manager, said:
"It's your borough, and your vote, and an opportunity to have a say on who represents you on issues that affect our day to day lives, but you need to be registered. Please take action now if you're not already registered. Our message is simple - you can't vote if you aren't registered by Friday, 12 April 2019.
"It's easy and only takes 5 minutes online. If you have turned 18 or if you have moved home recently, it's particularly important that you act to ensure you are registered. The electoral register is also used for credit checks and if you're not on it you may find it harder to get a loan, mortgage, finance agreement or even mobile phone contract. Registering is a legal obligation but most importantly, if you aren't registered you won't be able to exercise your democratic right on Thursday, 2 May 2019."
Whether you choose to use your vote or not is your personal choice, but if you don't respond to the annual canvass request or provide false information on the form, you may be liable to a fine of £1,000.